Fitness studio showcases robot employee for sanitation

PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) — A local gym is leading a global initiative, becoming a testing ground for a disinfectant robot.

Peoria-based Pringle Robotics makes machines to help with a variety of tasks, like delivery and service in restaurants. Now they’re scrambling to find a simple solution to keep businesses clean during the pandemic. They started with schools like Hickory Grove, then moved to local hotels like Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria to test their efforts.

Now, Styles Studios Fitness is the first fitness center to have its own disinfection robot, equipped with a “dry fog” dispenser and UV lamps. It is designed to do multiple laps around the facility during off-hours, getting all surfaces and corners that may be exposed to the environment. Now Pringle says many more are already expressing interest in getting theirs.

“We are trying to work to increase sanitization levels,” says Pringle founder Sudheer Sajja. “We don’t want the next virus to actually shut down economies.”

When a member of staff at Styles heard of “Rosie” (the name the establishment gave to the bot), he knew it was good for the company. Styles sees this as the next step in protecting customers, while making them feel comfortable as the pandemic continues. Pringle is also installing air quality sensors, a step Rosie can take if needed.

“It’s really exciting to be a part of something that’s pioneering, growing, and local,” Styles owner Carrie Kepple said.

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